Latest update on Erasmus Mundus puts PNG at the top for the success rate of applications – 100%, despite 3 applications. In August and September of this year the European Union Delegation to Papua New Guinea had the pleasure of meeting with two Erasmus + Scholarship recipients.
Mr Glen Mola Pumuye, a teaching fellow at the University of Papua New Guinea from Ialibu- Southern Highlands Province was successful in securing a scholarship under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree Programme. Mr Pumuye began his 18 months' Joint Masters Degree in Parliamentary Procedures and Legal Drafting' at the Luiss Libera Universita in Rome (Italy), and will follow this by six months in Madrid (Spain) and then complete the programme at the University of London (United Kingdom).
Glen said at his meeting with the Ambassador of the European Union to Papua New Guinea HE Ioannis Giogkarakis-Argyropoulos on August 24 that he was very excited about this experience. "It will give me an opportunity to explore the world, to get know other places and cultures and to come back to my country to put my knowledge to the benefit of PNG".
Mr Jerry Dextar from Kagua-Erave in Southern Highlands Province secured an ERASMUS Scholarship for a grant to spend a period of 1 month at Szent István University in Hungary on a staff mobility programme to follow training for career development purposes. Mr Dextar, an administrative staff member from the IT Department at the University of Papua New Guinea, was very excited about the experience and of the objective of his training, which he said "is strengthening communication means between universities".
There are many other Papua New Guineans who have been successful recipients over the years, and the European Union Delegation to Papua New Guinea wishes to encourage more Papua New Guineans to discover for themselves the opportunities for higher education study and the scholarship opportunities presented by the Erasmus + programme.